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[mob-kap] /ˈmɒbˌkæp/
a soft cloth cap with a full crown, fitting down over the ears and frequently tying beneath the chin, formerly worn indoors by women.
Origin of mobcap
1785-95; perhaps mob slattern (itself perhaps variant of Mab for Mabel) + cap1 Unabridged
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  • I fancy it was a chalk drawing of a girl in a mob-cap, signed 'Frank Miles, 1880,' that first impelled me to research.

  • Or safe in a married state you might wear a mob-cap in to breakfast.

    Hints to Pilgrims Charles Stephen Brooks
  • From a head-dress not unlike that which, if I may venture upon such matters, I believe you call a mob-cap, hangs the black veil.

    Letters from Spain Joseph Blanco White
  • A mob-cap was once upon a time a picturesque finish to a pretty face, and it was of home-manufacture.

  • She died at the age of fifty, and in it she wears a mob-cap and an old woman's gown.

  • My pretty neighbor below, who is immaculate when I meet her on the stairs, was in her mob-cap.

    Hints to Pilgrims Charles Stephen Brooks
  • You know that a lady in a mob-cap and panniers is playing inside that shyly curtained window.

    Greenwich Village Anna Alice Chapin
  • In a second—in much less time than it takes me to write it—I have torn off the mob-cap, and thrown it on the floor.

    Nancy Rhoda Broughton
  • Phdre had a gown la Mary Stuart, a mob-cap, and was covered with mouches to the end of her nose.

  • She wore a head-gear that almost amounted to a mob-cap, and beneath it her grey hair was always frizzled with the greatest care.

    He Knew He Was Right Anthony Trollope
British Dictionary definitions for mob-cap


a woman's large cotton cap with a pouched crown and usually a frill, worn esp during the 18th century Often shortened to mob
Word Origin
C18: from obsolete mob woman, esp a loose-living woman, + cap
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Word Origin and History for mob-cap

a type of woman's indoor cap, 1795 (as simply mob, 1748), from cap (n.) + obsolete mob (n.) "negligent attire" (1660s), earlier "a strumpet" (earlier form mab, 1550s), related to obsolete verb mob "to tousle the hair, to dress untidily" (1660s), and perhaps ultimately from mop, but influenced by Mab as a female name. Dutch has a similar compound, mopmuts, but the relationship between it and the English word is uncertain.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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